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Sept 14, 1963

LABELING OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

JAMA. 1963;185(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060110084023

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Abstract

The pesticides report of the President's Science Advisory Committee issued in May, 1963, indicated that aerosol "bug bomb" sales amounted to more than one per household in 1962. The ready availability of a great variety of pesticides in aerosol spray cans and in other forms raises the onceagain recurring question, "Are these hazardous products labeled properly to afford the greatest possible protection to the consuming public?" The answer depends on how one defines the word "properly" and how one interprets the term "greatest possible protection."

It is a principle with which few would argue that the consumer should be made aware of the potential hazard of the product he purchases. This information can best be provided through adequate labeling. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and the Federal Hazardous Substances Labeling Act all provide for adequate warning on containers of hazardous substances

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